saras_nex (Sara Streeter)
Technologies I have used: PHP, Python, Django, html, css, jQuery, Wordpress
Interested in: unconferences, social media, writing, website development, new media, blogs
I found my inspiration for Community Camp when I ran into a friend in the aisle of the Farmers' Market in Pawtucket.
We struck up a conversation about the artists who succeed in selling their art as well as holding down jobs and raising families. It occurred to us that these micro-businesses benefit from reaching a global audience online as well as from the patronage of local consumers.
Business owners may be hesitant about an online presence. The fact is that the internet is a crucial vehicle for the growth of any business. Social media and online marketing has become one of the most effective ways to maintain the human quality of a business, enabling person-to-person connection in what might have been merely a faceless transaction.
With this in mind, I invite you to Community Camp to share knowledge and ideas about marketing, social media, sustainability, and local activism.
We need help to make this event the best it can be. Please consider becoming a volunteer, a speaker or a sponsor, and please make sure to register today at http://ricommunitycamp.eventbr.... You can find more information at http://freegeekpvd.org/communi....
Last February there was a new kid in town, an event that brought people new to technology together with the geeks to learn from one another. NewBCamp returns this February with a year's worth of word of mouth publicity behind it. NewBCamp is the little "unconference" that could. This time around there is a brand new website at NewBCamp.com, a labor of love built on the django framework by Adam Tucker, Andrew Shearer, and myself. The site is powered by a wiki-style engine that enables users to create pages, make comments, and add their own presentation to the event schedule. There is also plenty of content from last year available on the site, featuring links to images and articles contributed by such noteworthies as Christopher S. Penn of PodCamp, Daniel Barbarisi of the Providence Journal, Pamela O'Hara of BatchBlue, and others, as well as the now iconic photo of Matthew Ebel wearing the NewBCamp T-shirt - on his head.
This year NewBCamp has taken on a new identity as well. Free Geek Providence, a non-profit organized by Nathan Hutnak to "help the needy get nerdy", has adopted NewBCamp as its own in order to promote the growth of the event to schools beyond the flagship NewBCamp organized by the student technology club SofT ICE at Johnson & Wales University. With the anticipated growth of Free Geek, the continued support of Providence Geeks, and the generous contributions of time, interest and knowledge of the participants themselves, NewBCamp will again be an opportunity for all of us to make technology that much more accessible to the needy, newbies, and nerds alike.
Sara Streeter is a continuing education student at Johnson & Wales University and an executive officer of the SofT ICE. She is also a lead organizer of NewBCamp which will take place this Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 9am to 4pm in the Xavier Building on the Johnson & Wales campus in Downtown Providence. You can get more info and register here .
This feeling of being excluded because I was a beginner stayed with me, and I began to wish there was an unconference for me and people like me. It would have undoubtedly stayed just a feeling and a wish if I hadn't attended PodCamp a few months later. First of all, I met Joe Cascio at a Providence Geeks Dinner, and he was the one to motivate me to connect with the social media crowd on Twitter. When I showed up at PodCamp, I was a little lost until I saw Joe again sitting with a group of people - I remember in particular Jeff Glasson, Nik Butler, and Jack Hodgson. I joined up with them and all of a sudden had some "peeps," as Joe likes to call them. I went ahead and told them my idea of having an unconference for beginners, and jokingly said it would be fun to call it Newbie Camp (I being a newbie myself didn't realize that there is another spelling of that word which is a bit derogatory - the noob). Not only did Joe and company like the idea, they started picking out people around the room who could help me accomplish it, and walked me up to those people - among them Chris Brogan, co-founder of PodCamp, along with Chris Penn - to talk about my idea. With not even a business card to hand out, I gave everybody I met handcrafted Post-its I had brought along with my contact info. They were all very encouraging, but more than that, I had told people - a lot of people - about my idea, so now I had to actually do it. And the rest is history.
This sounds great! Awesome to see Stephanie organizing this event - I followed her a while back because her website design is just so clever http://twitter.com/stequoianie . I'll be looking to present if not at this one then at the next one :)
Sara Streeter here - @saranicole on twitter .
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Jack, glad to see you're leading the Geeks crowd towards embracing our social media heritage!
Very interested in helping out with the iBuilding - would like to see if we can cooperate to get a program going with Johnson & Wales placing student interns in the space, working alongside the professionals and gaining skills and experience.
I notice most of the discussion on this topic has died down (as the next to the last post was in January), but I'm hoping that that's because there's more activity going on behind the scenes that I am just not aware of. It would be great to hear from those people who had some definite plans for opening up their spaces and see what progress has been made. Specifically, I'd like to hear from wfranklin and Matt Fair as to how their projects are coming along.
It seems like we have several spaces outside of Providence - East Greenwich and Pawtucket already having several facilities, according to the discussion - but I like aktear's suggestion that we form a network among the various spaces. That way people who don't care to walk every day to the downtown office can use a local space that's more convenient and walkable, but then when they do need the downtown space that's available as well, all by paying a single fee. I'm curious to see what people think would be the best organizational fit for that sort of a network - a single LLC, a coop, etc.
Hello all! I wanted to chime in with a session on speed mentoring - inspired by http://mplayground.blogspot.com/2008/01/speed-mentoring.html and Bryan Person's idea of applying it to social media http://www.bryper.com/2008/01/24/liven-up-your-events-social-media-speed-mentoring/ .
And don't forget to register!! http://newbcamp08.eventbrite.com
Immersive Media Lab and SofT ICE are getting under way now that we're in our second month of the school year. In Media Lab this week, we met to brainstorm about projects in Second Life. Our fearless faculty leader Hilary Mason brought the Nintendo Wii, and we saw the potential for syncing the SL interface with the Wii-mote. It was already hooked up to move the avatar in two dimensions with the cross-arrows, but we want to map the movement of the Wii-mote in three dimensional real-space to that of the avatar's. For another topic, our work is cut out for us in thinking how to translate the physical space of the Johnson & Wales School of Technology into virtual space on Second Life. Hilary pointed out that the virtual space should be interactive and dynamic - for example, we could push a button and a garden appears, push another and a conference room takes its place.
For SofT ICE, we're hosting Sean Ransom and Adam Darowski of BatchBlue at the School of Technology. I'm excited that they'll be the ones to kick off the guest speaker events for the school year. They're a startup with plenty of exposure here on RI Nexus. I was impressed by their presentation a few months back at Providence Geeks Dinner, which then led into their debut at DEMO 07 in San Diego. This week's presentation is open to Johnson & Wales students, held in the first floor conference room from 5-6:30pm on Wednesday, October 24.
If you have any feedback regarding the ongoing tech events at Johnson & Wales or are interesting in seeing how you can participate, feel free to contact me through RI Nexus or at my e-mail, email@example.com